BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Gov. John Bel Edwards and Louisiana State Police Col. Mike Edmonson spent more than four hours at the White House participating in a discussion about ways to improve police-community relations.
The pair was part of a conversation about bridging the divide between law enforcement and communities. Representatives from around the country were brought in by President Obama to participate in the talks. They include both law enforcement and community activists.
The hope for the talks is to start a conversation about "ways we can keep people safe, build community trust, and ensure justice for all Americans."
"The bad news is, as we saw so painfully this week, that this is a really hard job. We're not there yet. We're not even close to being there yet. Where we want to be," Obama said.
The talks are due to Black Lives Matter protests happening around the nation in response to the shooting death of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, as well as the mass shooting at a Dallas rally that resulted in the death of five police officers.
Edwards released the following statement after the meeting: